Serbia's FM: If intl. community doesn't react to Pristina move, Belgrade will

NEWS 27.07.2020 11:54
Source: N1

The Foreign Minister in Serbia's outgoing Government Ivica Dacic said on Monday if Pristina continued to campaign for joining the international organisation and the world did not react, Belgrade would resume its activities for the withdrawal of the recognition of Kosovo's independence.

„For now, Serbia will wait for the international community reaction to Pristina’s statement it will resume efforts to join the world institutions,“ Dacic said, adding that if Pristina started applying for memberships again, „we will continue our activities.“

He added the Belgrade – Pristina dialogue on the normalisation of relations should continue but that it was marked by a high level of mistrust.

The question, according to Dacic, is whether the negotiations have any sense if Pristina „behaves like this,“ adding Belgrade doesn’t believe the European Union will be unbiased.

He says he hasn’t meant that about the High Representative of the European Union Joseph Borrell and the bloc’s envoy for the dialogue Miroslav Lajčak. They come from Spain and Slovakia respectively, the two out of five EU member states that have not recognised Kosovo as an independent country.

„I haven’t heard anyone condemning (Kosovo’s Prime Minister Avdulah) Hoti’s statement,“ about Pristina’s announcement it will continue to apply for the international organisations, Daci said.

He added that Kosovo could not be a UNESCO, Interpol or the UN member since it was not recognised by the majority of 97 UN member states.

Dacic said he did not know if he would hold the post in a new government, but recalled that during his mandate, 18 countries suspended or withdrew the decision on recognising Kosovo’s independence.